The Last Of The Fallen Angels is a North East lockdown trio produced by Music Legend Simon Ellis. Conrad McQueen (CMQ from north east electro pop outfit AXLS) has put together a supergroup 3 piece to keep creative in lockdown and explore new sonic adventures!
Their debut single “Phase IV” is a love song to electronic music and has 3 vocalists. It features the vocal talents of Victoria O, also from the band AXLS and Mark D from Sapien Trace along with CMQ.
Production duties are by Music Legend Simon Ellis who is usually known for mainstream pop having worked with Spice Girls, Westlife, S Club 7, Britney Spears and East 17. He co-wrote and produced the S Club 7 hit “Don’t Stop Movin’!!
Northern Revive : Introduce yourself in less than 10 words…..
Conrad McQueen: I’m CMQ a songwriter, collaborator and explorer!
NR: What kind of music do you make?
CMQ: Dark electronic pop
NR: What’s the writing process?
CMQ: I’ve always got ideas going around my head. Words and titles usually inspire me to create a piece of music and I go from there.
NR: How are you coping with lockdown?
CMQ: The lockdown has proved a very rich time for creativity. There are incredible singers and musicians out there who just want to write and record.
NR: If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?
CMQ: I’m very lucky that on the debut single “Phase IV”, Simon Ellis (Spice Girls, S Club 7, Kylie) has handled production duties and Mike Bennett (The Fall, Ian Brown, The Specials) is releasing it through his Paraffin Alien label, so I am already blessed to be working with 2 music legends.
I would love to work with John Cale, Toyah, Tricky, Elizabeth Fraser and Simon Wolstencroft – not necessarily all together – but then again, that might be good to hear!
I have been lucky to have already collaborated with Mark D (Sapien Trace) and Victoria O (AXLS) on Phase IV. Also Renée LoBue (from the band Elk City in New Jersey), DJ Rasp and a great drummer called Alex Wardle, along with Victoria and Mark on a couple of other tunes.
NR: Talk us through the new track
CMQ: Phase IV is the Last Of The Fallen Angels debut single. It started out as a bit of fun in lockdown, just messing about with a piano, a drum beat and some echo.
I had a verse and a chorus but needed something else, so I asked Mark D to come up with a second verse. This inspired me to write a third verse. I asked Victoria O to sing over my whispered words. Mark D’s voice has a real RnB quality and, with the echo, has a great dub feel to it. Simon Ellis got the vibe straight way and was full of great production ideas… and that’s how the song was born.
After a chance meeting on Facebook, Mike Bennett saw my teaser video for the song and immediately wanted to release it.
NR: Talk us through the video
CMQ: The video was fun to make. We recorded it on our phones separately in lockdown and I put it together afterwards. I had never made a video before and so taught myself the package as I went.
NR: How did you meet your collaborators?
CMQ: I meet most of them on line. Facebook is a great way to meet like minded music fans and musicians.
NR: What would be on your rider?
CMQ: I am such a fan Maltsmiths lager, but I can’t find it anywhere since lockdown. I’d be a very happy musician, if I went backstage to find a crate of that!
NR: What was the last track you played on Spotify?
CMQ: Henryk Gorecki “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs” which is quite a departure for me from LCD Soundsystem, The National, Cocteau Twins, The Cure, Tricky, The Fall and Bowie who are all regulars on my playlist.
Phase IV by The Last Of The Fallen Angels will be available on all digital platforms on 28th August on the Parafin Alien label